Russian authorities confirm the grassroots mobilization of the army. “A significant change”

The authorities of the Russian regions are following the call of the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov for “self-mobilization” and are increasing the recruitment of additional forces to fight in Ukraine, writes the Institute for War Research (ISW) on Saturday in a new report. The Russian war crimes in Bucza were not an isolated exception, analysts assessed.

The HEI estimates that local authorities in Russia are intensifying efforts to gather additional forces to fight against Ukraine. The Russian authorities have not yet decided to announce mobilization, and they continue to call the war in Ukraine “a special military operation”. The new forces to take part in the war still come from unofficial or “covert” mobilization.

The Institute of Military Affairs points out, inter alia, that the municipal authorities in Vladivostok are sending letters encouraging them to enlist in reserve battalions or volunteer marines to men of military age who are recruited and those who are registered with replenishment commands.

As ISW estimates, recruiters probably want audiences to think they are formally drafted into the military, although the essence of the journals is to “talk about voluntary participation”.

The authorities’ acknowledgment of the mailing of these letters is a “substantial change” to the previous tactic of denying that such misleading letters are mailed – pointed out ISW.

“The confirmation from the authorities of Vladivostok indicates that local authorities may be under pressure from the federal center to provide a fixed number of volunteer battalions,” the US think tank said.

Other regions also announced the formation of new battalions in response to Kadyrov’s call. These are i.a. authorities in Kirov, which announced the formation of a second volunteer battalion. The occupation authorities in Crimea have also announced that they are increasing efforts to recruit volunteers. “Self-mobilization” was also supported by the authorities in Magadan, Voronezh, Chuvashia, Bashkiria and Kemerov.

Analyzing reports from the liberated areas of Kharkiv Oblast, where mass graves of civilians and Russian torturers were found, the American institute estimates that “its earlier assessments were confirmed that the Russian crimes in Bucza were not an isolated case”, and a similar situation occurs in other occupied territories.

On September 16, the Ukrainian authorities discovered the mass burial place of civilian victims near Izium. The Ukrainian ministry for the reintegration of temporarily occupied territories stated that “the number of war crimes in Izium may be greater than in Bucza”. The Ukrainian police informed that ten Russian torture rooms were discovered in the Kharkiv region – in Wołczańsk, Kupiansk, Balaklija and Izium.

The ISW also issued comments from Vladimir Putin on Friday, which he describes as “the threat of increased attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure”. In recent days, in response to the failures of Russian troops, Russian troops launched attacks on key critical infrastructure facilities, including for the heat power plant in Kharkiv and hydrotechnical facilities in Kryvyi Rih.

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